Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

NARS New Order Highlighting Blush
NARS New Order Highlighting Blush

NARS New Order Highlighting Blush ($29.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “sheer highlighter with golden shimmer.” It’s a pale, cool-toned, blue-based pink with golden sparkle and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. MAC Veronica’s Blush is warmer, less sparkly. NARS Undress Me is a grayer pink and has silver sparkle (that is more like glitter in particle size).

Despite NARS’ great success with Albatross, their other Highlighting Blushes have a high dosage of sparkle and shimmer that doesn’t bind with the underlying powder/blush color, so a lot of the sparkle gets lost, looks unflattering on the skin, and sometimes travels for parts unknown. New Order has a powdery, almost gritty, texture, as a result of all the sparkle that just seems to sit on top at all times. If this had no sparkle but just a level of golden sheen, I think it would work better.

The pigmentation is as described–sheer–and will add some pink on lighter complexions (like a blush) while perhaps brightening on deeper complexions.  When it blends out, it’s mostly just sparkle/shimmer and the pink coloring fades away.  This shade wore six and a half hours, and then I only saw remnants of sparkle.  This is my second pan of New Order, and while the texture was still on the powdery side, it wasn’t nearly as dry as my original New Order.

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If this had no sparkle but just a level of golden sheen, I think it would work better. Instead, it tends to read "disco ball," rather than glowing or luminous. It highlights... imperfections, unfortunately.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour

Chanel Eastern Light Le Vernis Nail Colour ($30.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “opaque white.” It’s a bright, white cream–not too cool-toned, not really warm. It doesn’t look quite as stark as say, corrector, no the nails; I didn’t get that vibe. NARS Ecume is slightly brighter. MAC Vestral White is also a bit brighter. China Glaze Snow is a cooler-toned white.

Chanel touts their lacquer as “long-wearing, high-shine, chip-resistant” while applying “evenly without streaking.” Eastern Light doesn’t apply evenly, and it is riddled with streakiness. It’s one of the better-applying white cream polishes I’ve tried, but it’s not, by any stretch of the imagination, streak-free. The consistency is just slightly on the thicker side, and it self-leveled to an extent but not completely. After two coats, it was mostly opaque, except where areas of heavy streakiness, then the second coat did not cover it entirely. I think three coats would hide the underlying streakiness, but it does get a little thick to wear and will take awhile to dry down fully. It has a great high-gloss finish, but the streaks make this a major no-go–not at $30.

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There was a slight thickness to the formula that made it a less-than-ideal consistency, but the real downfall was that it was still a streaky white polish. Whites are notorious for streaking, and unfortunately, Chanel's version doesn't break that trend. It streaks less than some other whites I've tried, but there's still need for improvement.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

MAC Comic Cute Nail Lacquer
MAC Comic Cute Nail Lacquer

MAC Archie’s Girls Nail Lacquers ($17.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) include four shades: Comic Cute (bright coral), Double Trouble (deep navy), Past Curfew (deep berry), and Pep Pep Pep (light peach nude). As an important note: they do NOT have any designs on the actual bottle; the caps are white but that’s it (promo images showed Betty/Veronica on the glass itself).  I purchased these, so it’s not a problem with an early run or anything like that.

Comic Cute is a pop of medium pink with yellow undertones and a cream finish. It was opaque in two coats, and the consistency was slightly thick. MAC Please Me is a touch darker. OCC Extravaganza is darker and has shimmer.

Double Trouble is a deep, dark, navy blue with a cream finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was some underlying translucency. It wasn’t too thick or too thin, but it was a bit streaky when I first applied it. shu uemura Bleu Splendor is similar. Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like is lighter. ORLY La Playa is very similar.

Past Curfew is a darkened red with hints of berry and pink in it with a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats, and it was the best-applying shade out of the four. China Glaze Merry Berry is redder. MAC Dangerously Fun is much redder. Dior Graphic Berry is very similar. Essie Size Matters is also very comparable.

Pep Pep Pep is a pale peach with a cream finish. It was somewhat opaque after two coats, but it was a little streaky and uneven. The consistency was very thick and almost gloppy. MAC Life & Beth is just a touch darker.

MAC’s brush continues to be problematic and exacerbate any formula issues a shade has, because the bristles are very roughly cut and stiff. Two of the bottles had some splayed bristles as well. At $17.50 (and for 0.34 fl. oz.!), you can’t have those kinds of issues!  I know–broken record–but the price point of MAC’s polishes is absolutely killer and the quality is frequently not there.  The only shade that was worth thinking about was Past Curfew, except a berry-red cream is very, very dupable. I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with MAC’s formula, which is the most consistent thing about them.

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I know--broken record--but the price point of MAC's polishes is absolutely killer and the quality is frequently not there. The only shade that was worth thinking about was Past Curfew, except a berry-red cream is very, very dupable.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Thursday, December 27th, 2012

MAC Hangin' Loose Nail Lacquer
MAC Hangin’ Loose Nail Lacquer

MAC Apres Chic: Hangin’ Loose

MAC Hangin’ Loose Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “dirty pink nude.” It’s a light-medium beige with subtle warm undertones and a sprinkling of fine creamy white shimmer. OCC Kava Kava is somewhat similar but metallic. Rescue Beauty Lounge Ani is also similar in color but has a metallic finish.

This shade is fairly sheer after two coats; there is visible nail line as well as the rest of the nail comes through a bit. Some might like the sheerness, but it is a streaky little polish at one and two coats. I think a third one could help hide a lot of the troublesome streaks, but at two, it’s noticeably streaky and uneven.  The consistency was a little thick but manageable.  I normally get a week of wear out of MAC’s polishes, with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Some might like the sheerness, but it is a streaky little polish at one and two coats. At this price point, it's hard to make justifications and excuses for a polish that falls in at just average.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Thursday, December 27th, 2012

MAC Inner Strength Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Inner Strength Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Strength: Inner Strength Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Inner Strength Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 for 0.21 oz.) consists of three new shades and one repromote: Lithe Spirit (palest white pink), Inner Strength (light cool mauve taupe), Fabulous Fit (mid-tone cool grey), and Heatherbelles (deep charcoal).  This is a rather cool-toned quad, more so than All Woman, with the only warmth coming from Inner Strength, which isn’t all that warm, so if you like cooler tones, you’ll be in luck with this color composition!

Lithe Spirit is a cool-toned white with a matte finish. It is listed as a satin finish, but I didn’t see much sheen in it (or any). It had good pigmentation, but it was a touch powdery. Urban Decay Venus is a touch warmer and more shimmery. MAC Vanilla is warmer.

Inner Strength is a warm peach with subtle pink undertones and a barely-there sheen, though it is listed as a matte. It had good color payoff, and it was soft to the touch. Too Faced Peach Fuzz has gold sparkle. Urban Decay Freestyle has less pink. MAC Nubile is similar in color but is a cream product.

Fabulous Fit is a light gray with blue undertones and has a matte finish. It was a bit weak on pigmentation, and it had a drier texture that made blending harder. Estee Lasuder Modern Mercury is more metallic. MAC Scene is darker. Chanel Gris Exquis is also darker. Inglot #339 is somewhat darker but closest with respect to its cool undertone.

Heather Belles is a dark gray with a mostly matte finish but there’s a touch of sheen; the sheen becomes more apparent when blended out. It has a satin finish, and the color payoff is so-so–it is a stiffer, drier shade. Urban Decay Ace is more shimmery. Guerlain Les Gris is matte. Estee Lauder Black Chrome is darker.

The quality of Inner Strength as a quad is below-average to average.  It’s not impressive, and it’s not the most heinous release we’ve seen from MAC.  It’s middle-of-the-road.  The problem with this palette is in the textures, which tended to be a bit dry and stiff (in the case of Fabulous Fit and Heatherbelles).  Lithe Spirit was somewhat powdery, which can have a tendency to make such a pale color look chalky on darker complexions.  Inner Strength was the best-performing shade here, as it wasn’t so soft that it was powdery, but it wasn’t too dry or firm that you couldn’t get color payoff out of it.  The shades lasted for seven and a half hours and looked just a smidgen faded after eight hours.

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The quality of Inner Strength as a quad is below-average to average. It's not impressive, and it's not the most heinous release we've seen from MAC. It's middle-of-the-road.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

3.5/5

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Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

China Glaze It's a Trap-eze Nail Lacquer
China Glaze It’s a Trap-eze Nail Lacquer

Does This Polish Contain It’s a Trap-eze?

China Glaze It’s a Trap-eze Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “white cream base with multi-glitter.” It has a cool-toned, milky white base with large, hexagon-shaped glitter in pink, light-medium blue, yellow, green, orange, and white, along with smaller glitter in the same colors. I don’t know of any dupes at this time, but I’d love to hear from any of you that may! The whole combination reminds me of confetti birthday cake.

I tried one coat layered over China Glaze Escaping Reality as well as two coats of the polish on its own. It had a streaky base–just as milky lipglosses tend to streak and settle into lip lines, so did the polish. Whether worn on its own or was layered, you could see a streakiness that made it look uneven. The consistency of this was incredibly thick–nearly goopy–and it was difficult to apply in even layers. Because it is so thick, each layer had quite a bit of glitter, but the glitter particles didn’t spread evenly. I think this would be best over a white base with one or two coats of glitter, and if you don’t like the feel of glitter on your nails, you’ll need a really thick top coat or two layers of your regular top coat. I wanted to love this one so much, because everyone else was raving about it but I couldn’t get past the thickness of the formula.

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This was incredibly thick--one of the thickest formulas I've ever used--which made it difficult to apply. The base color was very streaky, so it's something that I'd recommend layering over a white polish, to help minimize the streaky result and also increase opacity without having to apply more than two coats of the glitter polish.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

3/5

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